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About the play

A Raisin in the Sun - 

New York Drama Critics Circle Award- 1959 

Screen Writers Guild Award - 1961 (movie version)

Cannes Film Festival Award - 1961 (movie version)

Characters

Time of plot: 1950s

Location: Chicago

Main Characters

  • Lena Younger-‚Äčretired housekeeper
  • Walter-her son
  • Ruth-Walter’s wife
  • Beneatha-Walter’s sister
  • Travis-Walter & Ruth’s son
  • Joseph Asagai- Nigerian student, Beneatha’s suitor
  • George Murchison- a student, Beneatha’s suitor
  • Bobo- Walter’s friend
  • Karl Linder- a representative of a suburban homeowners’ association

Movie Trailer

About A Raisin in the Sun

WHAT'S BEEN SAID ABOUT A RAISIN IN THE SUN:

"A Raisin in the Sun was a revolutionary work for its time. Hansberry creates one of the first honest depictions of a black family on an American stage, in an age when predominantly black audiences simply did not exist. Before this play, African-American roles, usually small and comedic, largely [used] ethnic stereotypes. Hansberry, however, shows an entire black family in a realistic light, one that is unflattering and [not] comedic. She uses black **vernacular throughout the play and discusses important issues and conflicts, such as poverty, discrimination, and the construction of African-American racial identity.

A Raisin in the Sun explores not only the tension between white and black society but also the strain within the black community over how to react to an oppressive white community. Hansberry’s drama asks difficult questions about assimilation and identity."

** vernacular: the language or dialect spoken by the ordinary people in a particular country or region.

from: SparkNotes: "A Raisin in the Sun."  Web.  August 24, 2015.

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